The federal election on October 21 is not that far away and Jeff Wheeldon, Green Party Candidate, held a “meet and greet” in Newcastle tonight. Jeff and his team have been campaigning in Newcastle and left 1000 pamphlets and invitations to the event at nearby homes. The Green Party feels that they are on a roll with double the number of MPs (2 up from 1) and polls showing 9.8% support, up from 3.4% in the last election – so confidence is high in making a difference. Certainly the talk in the room was positive. The meeting was held in the Newcastle Community Town Hall and because it was a meet and greet spread over more than 2 hours, at any one time there were only a few in attendance.
But Jeff had several local volunteers helping and they also helped in door knocking. They did see evidence of Conservative campaigners but not others although the NDP and PPC do not as yet have candidates. See the links below for the Cobourg Internet page with information on all candidates – updated as they are announced.
Jeff is a great believer in honesty and transparency. His campaign brochure finishes with:
For years, our biggest challenge has not been convincing people of the need for our policies or our integrity; it’s been convincing people that we are electable – that a Green vote isn’t a wasted vote. Now we’re sending the message loud and clear, with victory after victory, that there is a sensible alternative to politics as usual in Canada!
Are you ready to ride the wave?
He also conceded that many voters see the Green party as a single issue party – The Environment – but they have full wide-ranging policies – see the link below.
On a not so upbeat note, Jeff and his team were disappointed that ejected Liberals Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott recently decided to run as Independents and not as Greens as hoped.
In understanding where their vote comes from, Jeff pointed me to an article by CBC’s Eric Greniér that said:
…. any gains made by the Greens would come at the expense of parties across the spectrum. For every 100 votes that flip to the Greens, 36 would come from the Liberals, 28 from the Conservatives, 27 from the New Democrats and 10 from the Bloc Québécois and other parties.
Cobourg News Blog will continue to report on all candidates for the Federal Election – stay tuned.
- Cobourg Internet Federal Election Information page
- Green Party local web site – Jeff Wheeldon’s policy statement
- CBC Polls by Eric Greniér
- Green Breakthough – Eric Greniér article including quote on where votes come from. 9 May 2019